Oct 9, 2015 8:09 PM by News Staff
California corrections officials say two inmates already serving life sentences, one of whom is from Tehama County, are suspects in the slaying of a notorious killer who spent 45 years in segregation after a bloody 1971 escape attempt at San Quentin State Prison.
Seventy-one-year-old Hugo Pinell, one of the "San Quentin 6," was killed in August, days after he was released to the general prison population at a maximum security prison east of Sacramento.
On Friday, officials named inmates Jayson Weaver and Waylon Pitchford as suspects. No charges have been filed.
Weaver, age 38, is serving a San Diego County murder sentence and a Sacramento County life sentence for a previous prison assault.
In July of 2002, Pitchford, 37, and Red Bluff resident Thomas McDonald ran over 24-year-old Anthony Sforzini, in McDonald's car.
Both men were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 15-years to life in prison.
Pitchford had an additional 12 years added to his sentence for an assault behind bars.